(mostly all) Counseling related Acronyms and Abbreviations

(Plus Acronyms related to client mental or physical problems)



IAAOC = International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors
A division of the American Counseling Association.


IAAP = International Association for Analytical Psychology
Founded in 1955 as the accrediting and regulatory organization for all professional analytical psychologists’ groups. The main objectives of the IAAP are to advance the understanding and utility of analytical psychology worldwide, and to ensure that the highest professional, scientific and ethical standards are maintained in the training and practice of analytical psychologists among its Member Groups.


IABMCP = International Academy of Behavioral Medicine Counseling and Psychotherapy, Inc.
Awards Certificates of Diplomate Status in Behavioral Medicine, Counseling, Psychotherapy and Chemical Dependency Counseling to those qualified professionals who voluntarily apply for them. IABMCP appears to be an offshoot of The Masterson Institute 


IAC = International Association for Counselling
Promote the well being of peoples worldwide by advancing relevant counselling practice, research and policy.


IACCP = International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
The International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) was founded in 1972 and has a membership of over 800 persons in more than 65 countries. The aims of the Association are to facilitate communication among persons interested in a diverse range of issues involving the intersection of culture and psychology. IACCP is affiliated with the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS).


IAEDP = International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
Membership organization for physicians and therapists who treat patients with eating disorders. the IAEDP certifies professionals meeting specific criteria. Headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida.


IAMFC = The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
A division of the American Counseling Association.


IACA = International Association of Counselors & Therapists
The International Association of Counselors and Therapists is a premier association for holistic practitioners that provides a forum where members may exchange ideas, information, techniques and methodologies.

IBRT = International Board for Regression Therapy
The International Board for Regression Therapy has been founded as an independent examining and certifying board which is charged by its charter with the responsibility to set standards, evaluate the qualifications of practitioners and the quality of training programs, to issue documents of certification and promote the growth and development of the field. It should be noted that The International Board for Regression Therapy has no relationship with any local, state, or national body, and certification by IBRT does not convey certification, accreditation, or licensing for any profession by any governmental body. IBRT-certified therapists and training programs are responsible for whatever certification and/or licensing is required in their own jurisdictions. Nor does IBRT certification authorize therapists or training programs to engage in or teach any profession required to be licensed or otherwise approved by governmental bodies in their jurisdictions. 


ICEEFT = International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
ICEEFT serves as a centre of excellence for the promotion of secure, resilient and successful relationships between partners and within families. Our mission includes the further expansion and refinement of the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) model through process and outcome research. Another central aspect of our mission is to educate health professionals and to increase public awareness about the efficacy of EFT and its role in strengthening relationship bonds.


ICASSI = International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes
Rudolf Dreikurs created ICASSI to spread the teachings of Adler to people around the world, not only as a psychological method of treatment, but as a philosophy of life. ICASSI offers a broad range of courses for educators, parents, psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and others seeking professional and personal development. Courses are combined with opportunities for relaxation, fun, and friendship.


ICF = International Coach Federation
An organization that regulates and provides four levels of coach certification (life coach or personal coaching).


ICHS = International Community Health Services
also see: Washington Apple Health - Medical Care In Your Language.
Washington Apple Health is the Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Programs offered in Washington state. The program was initiated January 1, 2014. It was preceded in 2008 by a children's health plan run by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services called "Apple Health for Kids". Wikipedia


ICSW = International Council on Social Welfare
A global non-governmental organization which represents a wide range of national and international member organizations that seek to advance social welfare, social development and social justice.


IFSW = International Federation of Social Workers
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is a global organisation striving for social justice, human rights and social development through the promotion of social work, best practice models and the facilitation of international cooperation.


IIBA = International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis


IITAP = International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals is a global leader among practitioners who treat addictive and compulsive behaviors. Our certifications, training and continuing education programs offer a cutting-edge advantage for practitioners wanting to grow their practice and gain new insights. IITAP provides a wealth of resources and education to help better prepare you to treat your most challenging clients. 


IMC = Integrated Managed Care means the program under which a managed care organization provides:
(a) Physical health services funded by Medicaid; and
(b) Behavioral health services funded by Medicaid, and other available resources provided for in chapters 182-538B,    182-538C, and 182-538D WAC.


IOP = Intensive Out-Patient therapy--usually in group therapy. 


IPA = International Psychoanalytical Association
The IPA exists to advance psychoanalysis. It is the world’s primary accrediting and regulatory body for the profession, and our mission is to ensure the continued vigour and development of the science of psychoanalysis. 


IPE = Individualized Plan for Employment provided by vocational rehabilitation counselors to help clients with disabilities achieve their employment goals.


IRB = Institutional Review Board 
An administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated.


IRRT = Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy
Used with people who are experiencing PTSD symptoms, including nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts or hypervigilance, regardless of the trauma they have been through to cause the PTSD symptoms.


IRTAC = International Round Table for the Advancement of Counselling
Now incorporated as the International Association for Counselling [UK].


ISACS, Inc = Institute for the Scientific Advancement of Counseling Services
A non-profit organization that assists counseling agencies to embrace valid outcomes research as part of their mission.


ISMHO = International Society for Mental Health Online 
Formed in 1997 to promote the understanding, use, and development of online communication, information and technology for the international mental health community. Our members are students, pharm teachers, researchers, clinical practitioners and others interested in using internet technologies to promote mental health. Join us online to discuss current mental health issues and to collaborate on projects to further our joint mission


ISSTD = International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is an international, non-profit, professional association organized to develop and promote comprehensive, clinically effective and empirically based resources and responses to trauma and dissociation and to address its relevance to other theoretical constructs.


ISTSS = International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies was founded in 1985. ISTSS members come from a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings around the world, including public and private health facilities, private practice, universities, non-university research foundations and from many different cultural backgrounds. ISTSS provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma around the world.


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